Silver Meritorious Patron
No Ethics change over a long period of time is one of the "administrative" characteristics of the No Gain Case (SP).
It may be that TC justifies all of this in his own mind because he is "encoding" and disseminating Scn principles via his movies, and is sending large amounts of money to the Idle Morgue campaigns.
In Valkyrie, for example, (and I wondered for a long time why he even made this movie) he embodied the "Win, or Die in the Attempt" ethos. Jack Reacher was a study in the application of the Data Series, etc....
I don't think very many people "get it" at that level, but he and DM must think it is a brilliant dissem plan. And DM blows smoke up his a** with custom cars and hangars.
Birds of a feather.
Valkyrie was made to appease the German government who has been against Scientology and banned it for years because of its totalitarian principles (they have to be careful of anything that smells of Nazism, which is illegal.) By portraying one of their greatest heroes - the man who tried unsuccessfully to assassinate Hitler, it was a complement to them and helped him to meet many government officials personally as they filmed in German locations. Once they met Cruise personally they would know, of course, that Scientology was okay and lift the ban and resistance.
I wondered about this film too when it came out, it seemed a strange career choice for him and his American public - what do we know about Claus Von Stauffenberg? But there is a genuine likeness between the two, and Cruise knew playing the role would be good for the Scientology agenda in that part of the world.
Just like befriending Will and Jada Smith would be good for outreach and getting blacks into the church.
befriending David and Victoria Beckham would be good for the U.K. branches of Scientology.
Just like befriending Jennifer Lopez (father already a Scientologist) would be good for the Latino efforts.
It's all manipulation to the core.